Herbal Remedies for Common Aches and Pains

24 11 2010

Herbal Remedies for Common Aches and Pains

They have been around for hundreds of years, but researchers have only recently begun to rediscover their value. Herbs – natural remedies – can provide relief for many common ailments such as arthritis, skin problems, stings, sinuses, sore throats, bruises, nervousness, etc., and you can grow many of them in your own backyard.

Here is a list of some of the more well-known herbs that many researchers think might become popular remedies:

Horseradish

It is usually thought of of as a sauce or spice, but herb specialists claim that it is useful in helping your digestion. This member of the mustard family can also be used as a pain-relieving remedy for neck and back pain. Or you can use a gargle mixture of grated horseradish, honey and water as a way to ease hoarseness.

Rosemary

It is a member of the mint family, and the oil from this herb can be rubbed on the skin to help ease the pain of arthritis, bruises, cuts, sores and skin problems like eczema.

 

Peppermint

It is known far and wide for its minty smell, but few people know of its ability to relieve indigestion, upset stomach, colic, flatulence and even soothe aching muscles and joints, and a cup of warm peppermint tea will help clear your sinuses.

 

Garlic

It is also a well-known herb that many chefs refuse to cook without. Keep up the good work,chefs – garlic seems to be helpful in lowering high blood pressure, lowering blood cholesterol levels, and helping to unclog arteries that are coated with atherosclerotic plaques. Garlic can also be applied directly onto the skin to get relief from insect stings.

Chamomile

It is one of the oldest known herbs with an age-old ability to relieve inflammation of the skin. Applying the ground-up leaves directly to the inflamed area helps reduce swelling and tenderness. Tea made form the oil of the chamomile plant id helpful in treating digestion problems, colic and menstrual cramps. You can even add the oil to your bath water if you want a natural relaxer, or you can use chamomile oil as a natural insect repellent.

Sage

It is a member of the mint family that is unbeatable in its relief of sore throats, mouth and gum problems, cuts and sores, bruises and skin problems. Sage tea is even used to bring relief for nervousness and irritability – its relaxant effects can help you settle down after a long day at work.

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